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Alagoas registers 77% increase in cases of diarrhea, with 37 deaths

 
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From January to July this year, 66 000 people had diarrhea in the state of Alagoas, with 37 deaths, an increase of 77% in the number of cases over the same period in 2012, according to the State Department of Health (Sesau) government Alagoas.

In a public hearing that occurred on Thursday (4), the Commission on Social Security and Family of the House of Representatives, the Department of Environmental Health Surveillance and Occupational Health, linked to the Secretariat of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health, reported that of the 102 municipalities in the state, 25 are experiencing an epidemic and 46 are on alert.

According to information from the Department of Environmental Health Surveillance and Occupational Health, one of the causes of the large number of people with diarrhea is the distribution of untreated water by tankers in the state. According to the press service of the organ, the tankers are capturing raw water and are not performing any type of treatment, before releasing it to the public, which causes high health risk.

After analyzing the water quality found in so-called alternative sources used by the population in the interior of Alagoas, which includes local storage water brought by tankers, Sesau confirmed that the samples showed "changes".

The Sesau is also recommending that the population strengthens the personal hygiene care and food, in addition to home treatment water. Last month, the Ministry of Health sent 375,000 bottles of bleach to the state to be distributed among the municipalities. According to guidance from the Health Portal of the federal government, the water is ready for consumption 15 minutes after receiving two drops of the product.

With information from Agency Brazil

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   Chaos diarrhea    Diarrhea    Sesau    Alagoas    Water trucks    Alternative sources   
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